READER'S ROCK LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE VOL 2 ISSUE 4 NOVEMBER 2014 VOL 2 ISSUE 5 DECEMBER 2014 - Page 64

Managing the holidays with a loved one who suffers memory loss (BPT) - The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy when families and friends gather to share each other's company, revisit fond stories of holidays past and make new memories to last a lifetime. But what if a loved one is no longer able to remember the holidays or the family and friends he has spent them with? What if dementia or Alzheimer's has robbed a parent or grandparent of the ability to make and cherish new memories? "More than 5 million people are living with Alzheimer's, and the disease particularly impacts caregivers and other loved ones during the holiday season," says Kelly Scott of Brookdale, which operates more than 550 Alzheimer's and dementia care communities. "Despite the stress and sadness Alzheimer's ca